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2020 Sep 07

Semin Arthritis Rheum



Comparison of an online self-referral tool with a physician-based referral strategy for early recognition of patients with a high probability of axial spa.


Proft F, Spiller L, Redeker I, Protopopov M, Rodriguez V R, Muche B, Rademacher J, Weber A-K, Lüders S, Torgutalp M, Sieper J, Poddubnyy D
Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2020 Sep 07; 50(5):1015-1021.
PMID: 32911279.


The diagnostic delay in axial spondyloarthritis (axial SpA) remains unacceptably high, with one of the reasons being a late referral. Structured physician-based referral programs are able to improve early diagnosis, but lack of implementation is still an issue. The objective of this study was to evaluate an online self-referral (OSR) tool for patients with back pain and to compare it to an established physician-based referral tool.